August 14, 2019
UK trade union Unite says strike action proposed for 23-24 August at Heathrow Airport has been suspended after a new pay offer has been made to workers.
The union adds that the ballot on the revised pay offer made by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) to over 4,000 security, airside operations and passenger services personnel is now underway.
The pay offer is reportedly up from 7.3 per cent to 7.8 per cent, over two years.
The workers are employed across the hub’s five terminals and the ballot closes on Monday, 2 September.
On 5 August, a strike set to take place on 6 August was averted, while the workforce voted on an improved pay offer, but the planned strike for 23-24 August remained on the table.
A Heathrow statement said: “We have put an additional £2.5m on the table since talks began, with our current offer bringing the total pay rise to 7.8% over two years for all frontline colleagues.
“This is well above [Retail Prices Index inflation], higher than any other UK airport and helps to provide long-term wage certainty and job security.
“Heathrow has a duty to ensure the business is sustainable – particularly against the backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty facing the UK in the immediate future. The pay offer we have put on the table achieves that, in addition to being rewarding and fair to all colleagues.”